Ellie Ga’s work is inspired by the indeterminacy of exploration and the human desire to translate the unknown. She uses a range of media to build her layered narratives: part observational essay, part documentary and part fragmentary storytelling.

Ga typically works in series, distilling multiple artworks from a single object of inquiry. The unusual experiences Ga has drawn upon during the last decade of her artistic output include the fortunetelling rituals of Ga and a small crew of scientists drifting on a sailboat in the frozen Arctic Ocean and the quest to piece together the artifacts of a submerged ancient wonder in Alexandria, Egypt.

Embedded in these experiences are the self-reflexive questions Ga repeatedly turns over in her work: How does the artist fit into established frameworks of inquiry? At which junctions is the artist uniquely positioned to contribute to the fields of journalism, science and archeology? And when does it not work out so well?

Ga often works in tandem with research centers and archives such as The Explorers Club (New York), Tara Arctic Expeditions (France/Arctic Ocean) and The Center for Maritime Archeology, Alexandria (Egypt). She has presented solo exhibitions at Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire (FR), M-Museum, Leuven (BE) and the Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo (US). Ga’s performances have been showcased at The Guggenheim Museum; The Kitchen (New York); The Cartier Foundation (Paris) and the Playground Festival (BE). She is a co-founder of the publishing press Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn. Ga’s books Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press, New York) and Three Arctic Notebooks (Ugly Duckling Presse, New York) will be released in fall 2018.

Ga was a recent recipient of a three-year project grant from Vetenskapsrådet–the Swedish Research Council to work on a history of messages in bottles: their use in oceanography, folklore and literature.


In Praise of Drift, In conversation with Anna Della Subin, Tank Magazine, November 2018
Dear: Caroline Ferreira, Ellie Ga, October 2016
With Ellie Ga and Béatrice Gross on the occasion of their Soirée Nomade at Fondation Cartier, Paris, June 2015
Joe Donahue interviews Ellie Ga on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, May 2015
In Conversation with Will Hunt, The American Reader, April 2014
Ellie Ga: 500 Words, as told to Lauren O'Neill-Butler, artforum.com, March 2010